General Council of the Congregation, Montreal, Quebec, [ca. 1909].
Archives Congrégation de Notre-Dame - Montréal.

Superiors and Leaders

To date, the Congrégation de Notre-Dame has been led by 41 Superiors, who are now referred to as Leaders, some of whom were in office for more than one term. Not only were they administrators responsible for a group which, for a long time, enjoyed continued growth, they were above all the guardians of the identity and the mission of the institution which was founded by Marguerite Bourgeoys.

These strong women guided the community toward better choices which would better serve society through education and community work. The philosophy of the Congregation was already innovative when it was founded. To continue its development, successive Superiors and their Councils had to be very persuasive, patient and flexible in order to maintain unity among the group and achieve the desired goals, many of which were important in the history of the regions where they were carried out.

The leadership of the Superiors of the Congregation succeeded in overcoming many obstacles and in finding solutions which would permit the community’s apostolate to continue, despite the various political, social, economic, religious and cultural shifts of the last three last centuries.

1658

(Marguerite du Saint-Sacrement)
Superior from 1658 to 1693

1693

(Marie de l'Assomption)
Superior from 1693 to 1698

1698

(Marguerite du Saint-Esprit)
Superior from 1698 to 1708, from 1711 to 1717, from 1719 to 1722 and from 1729 to 1732

1708

(Catherine du Saint-Sacrement)
Superior from 1708 to 1711 and from 1717 to 1719

1711

(Marguerite du Saint-Esprit)
Superior from 1698 to 1708, from 1711 to 1717, from 1719 to 1722 and from 1729 to 1732

1717

(Catherine du Saint-Sacrement)
Superior from 1708 to 1711 and from 1717 to 1719

1719

(Marguerite du Saint-Esprit)
Superior from 1698 to 1708, from 1711 to 1717, from 1719 to 1722 and from 1729 to 1732

1722

(Sister Saint-Joseph)
Superior from 1722 to 1729

1729

(Marguerite du Saint-Esprit)
Superior from 1698 to 1708, from 1711 to 1717, from 1719 to 1722 and from 1729 to 1732

1732

(Sister Sainte-Barbe)
Superior from 1732 to 1739

1739

(Sister de la Présentation)
Superior from 1739 to 1745

1745

(Sister Sainte-Pélagie)
Superior from 1745 to 1751

1751

(Sister Saint-Hippolyte)
Superior from 1751 to 1757 and from 1763 to 1766

1757

(Sister Saint-Simon)
Superior from 1757 to 1763

1763

(Sister Saint-Hippolyte)
Superior from 1751 to 1757 and from 1763 to 1766

1766

(Sister de l'Assomption)
Superior from 1766 to 1772

1772

(Sister Sainte-Rose)
Superior from 1772 to 1778 and from 1784 to 1790

1778

(Sister Saint-Ignace)
Superior from 1778 to 1784 and from 1790 to 1796

1784

(Sister Sainte-Rose)
Superior from 1772 to 1778 and from 1784 to 1790

1790

(Sister Saint-Ignace)
Superior from 1778 to 1784 and from 1790 to 1796

1796

(Sister Saint-Augustin)
Superior from 1796 to 1808 and from 1814 to 1819

1808

(Sister de la Nativité)
Superior from 1808 to 1814 and from 1819 to 1822

1814

(Sister Saint-Augustin)
Superior from 1796 to 1808 and from 1814 to 1819

1819

(Sister de la Nativité)
Superior from 1808 to 1814 and from 1819 to 1822

1822

(Sister de la Croix)
Superior from 1822 to 1828

1828

(Sister Sainte-Madeleine)
Superior from 1828 to 1840, from 1843 to 1849 and from 1855 to 1861

1840

(Sister Sainte-Gertrude)
Superior from 1840 to 1843

1843

(Sister Sainte-Madeleine)
Superior from 1828 to 1840, from 1843 to 1849 and from 1855 to 1861

1849

(Sister Sainte-Élisabeth)
Superior from 1849 to 1855

1855

(Sister Sainte-Madeleine)
Superior from 1828 to 1840, from 1843 to 1849 and from 1855 to 1861

1861

(Sister Saint-Bernard)
Superior from 1861 to 1864 and from 1882 to 1885

1864

(Sister Sainte-Ursule)
Superior general from 1864 to 1870

1870

(Sister Saint-Victor)
Superior general from 1870 to 1882

1882

(Sister Saint-Bernard)
Superior from 1861 to 1864 and from 1882 to 1885

1885

(Sister Saint-Jean-de-la-Croix)
Superior general from 1885 to 1891

1891

(Sister Saint-Jean-Baptiste)
Superior general from 1891 to 1897

1897

(Sister Sainte-Sabine)
Superior general from 1897 to 1903

1903

(Sister Saint-Anaclet)
Superior general from 1903 to 1913

1913

(Sister Sainte-Marie-Joséphine)
Superior general from 1913 to 1917

1917

(Sister Sainte-Euphrosine)
Superior general from 1917 to 1923

1923

(Sister Sainte-Marie-Rose)
Superior general from 1923 to 1925

1925

(Sister Sainte-Marie-du-Cénacle)
Superior general from 1925 to 1932

1932

(Sister Saint-Valérien)
Superior general from 1932 to 1938

1938

(Sister Sainte-Héléna)
Superior general from 1938 to 1940

1940

(Sister Saint-Ignace)
Superior general from 1940 to 1952

1952

(Sister Sainte-Marie-Consolatrice)
Superior general from 1952 to 1964

1964

(Sister Sainte-Héléna-du-Sacré-Cœur)
Superior general from 1964 to 1970

1970

(Sister Sainte-Marguerite-des-Vertus)
Superior general from 1970 to 1974

1974

(Sister Sainte-Marie-Claire-des-Anges)
Superior general from 1974 to 1984

1984

(Sister Sainte-Hélène-de-Brabant)
Superior general from 1984 to 1996

1996

(Sister Marie-de-Nazareth)
Congregation Leader from 1996 to 2006

2006

Congregation Leader from 2006 to 2016

2016

(Sister Saint Ann Carmelita)
Congregation Leader from 2016 to today